I’d like to start by thanking the mentors. This forum has been so helpful to get legit and professional advice!
My question is regarding logging your hours. I have previously taken a few lessons (6 hours worth) and logged them in a pilot log book that the instructor would initial. I was advised they do not expire (it’s been about 5 years since my last lessons).
As I start my PPL in the fall here in Des Moines and hopefully advance after that, how are your hours logged and what are the requirements? Can you literally just put 1500 hours in a book and it’s the honor system? Could one buy a personal plane and fly it at leisure and gain these hours? I want to make sure the hours I accumulate are actually going to ‘count’ and be relevant for reaching a regional airline position.
Also an additional question: As pilots train on the single and occasional multi engine piston planes, it seems that when you first get hired on by a regional that you will be suddenly working with far more sophisticated turbine planes. Is the training they provide to certify you on the plane you’ll be flying really all you need? I would think I would feel very unprepared to have mastered a Cessna or Seminole and then suddenly fly a turbine jet professionally for the first time.